Toad the Wet Sprocket. Altar Bar (1620 Penn Ave.). 7:30 p.m.
The alternative rock band — comprised of vocalist and guitarist Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning, and drummer Randy Guss — will perform at the Altar Bar. Tickets range $30–32, and the event is open to all ages.


Creative Writing New Faculty Reading. Danforth Lounge (University Center) 4:30 p.m.
The Carnegie Mellon English department will introduce its new faculty members, assistant English professor Kevin Gonzalez and adjunct English professor Lauren Shapiro, with a special reading.

Artist Talk: Transformazium in Conversation with Paul Ramirez Jonas. Carnegie Lecture Hall. 6:30 p.m.
Braddock-based artist collaborative Transformazium and artist Paul Ramirez Jonas will come together to discuss the initiative’s series of community-based creative engagement activities. The talk is free and open to the public.


Selective Engagement After Unipolarity: Robert Art. Baker Hall 136A. 4:30 p.m.
The Center for International Relations and Politics features a talk by Robert Art, the Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations at Brandeis University. Art will discuss the grand strategy and national interest changes the U.S. must make in order to protect itself from overstepping its resources.

Andy McKee. Rex Theater (1602 E. Carson St.). 8 p.m.
The fingerstyle acoustic guitarist will bring his YouTube-famous compositions to Pittsburgh. Tickets are $25.


Inauguration of Dr. Subra Suresh. University Center. All-day event.
The Carnegie Mellon community is invited to join the festivities as Suresh is inaugurated as the ninth president of Carnegie Mellon. The celebration will continue on Friday.

The Treblemakers. Skibo Café. 7:30 p.m.
Carnegie Mellon’s newest coed a cappella group will perform as part of an event hosted by AB Skibo.


14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation (Hunt Library, Fifth Floor). Through Dec. 19.
The exhibition will include 41 pieces of artwork by 41 artists from 10 countries. The Institute established the International series in 1964 with the hope of supporting and encouraging contemporary botanical artists. Every three years, the International series features the works of talented botanical artists from around the world.

Yasumasa Morimura: Theater of the Self. The Andy Warhol Museum. Through Jan. 12.
In this retrospective exhibit presented by the Andy Warhol Museum, Japanese artist Yasumasa Morimura plays with images of well-known cultural icons, placing his own face over portraits of figures like Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong. For more information, visit warhol.org.

Alien She. Miller Gallery (Purnell Center for the Arts). Through Feb. 16.
This exhibit examines the influence of Riot Grrrl, an underground feminist punk rock movement that surfaced in the ’90s, on artists and cultural producers today. For more information, visit millergallery.cfa.cmu.edu.

2013 Carnegie International. Carnegie Museum of Art. Through March 16.
The biennial Carnegie International brings the world art scene to Pittsburgh in a large exhibition of diverse works. This year’s exhibition features 35 artists and represents 19 countries. For more information, visit cmoa.org.